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The Man Who Found Himself (1937)

Passed | | Drama | 2 April 1937 (USA)
A "high flying" surgeon learns a few valuable life lessons at the hands of a beautiful nurse.

Director:

Lew Landers

Writers:

J. Robert Bren (screenplay), Edmund L. Hartmann (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Beal ... Dr. James Stanton Jr.
Joan Fontaine ... Nurse Doris King
Phillip Huston Phillip Huston ... Richard 'Dick' Miller
Jane Walsh Jane Walsh ... Barbara Reed
George Irving ... Dr. James Stanton Sr.
Jimmy Conlin ... Nosey Watson
Frank M. Thomas ... Mr. Roberts
Diana Gibson ... Helen Richards
Dwight Frye ... Hysterical Patient
Billy Gilbert ... Fat Hobo
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Young Jim Stanton is a conscientious surgeon, but spends too many off-duty hours pursuing his passion for aviation to suit his stuffy father. When it is discovered that a passenger killed in a plane that Jim crashes was a married woman, the resulting scandal prompts the hospital to put Jim on probation. His pride wounded, Jim takes to the open road and enjoys the simpler life of a vagabond. In Los Angeles--where he is arrested for vagrancy and put to work on a road crew--Jim runs into old pal Dick Miller, who gets him a job as a mechanic for Roberts Aviation. But maintaining his anonymity becomes more difficult, particularly when a pretty nurse, Doris King, decides to make Jim's redemption her personal crusade. Written by Chris Stone <jstone@bellatlantic.net>

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 April 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wings of Mercy See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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First starring role for Joan Fontaine. RKO gave her special billing at the end of this film, calling her the "new RKO screen personality". See more »

Goofs

During the surgery after the train accident, no one in the operating room had their face masks covering their noses, which were fully exposed. (Only mouths were covered.) See more »

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References King Kong (1933) See more »

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The Best Movie Ever Made Starring John Beal and Joan Fontaine
12 August 2008 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Young New York City surgeon, and amateur pilot, John Beal (as James Stanton) rubs the older doctors at "General Hospital" the wrong way. Most of all, they consider his interest in flying an inappropriate hobby. After Mr. Beal gives the wife of another doctor a lift in his plane, it crashes; and, the young woman dies. The accident becomes a national scandal, with the unwed Beal becoming romantically linked with his married passenger. After being put on probation, Beal gives up his privileged life, hitchhikes to California, and becomes a hobo. He is recognized by pilot friend Philip Huston (as Dick Miller), who helps Beal get back up on his feet. Then, Mr. Huston, and pretty blonde nurse Joan Fontaine (as Doris King) help Beal turn his life around.

Ms. Fontaine receives a special introduction in this, her first co-starring role. She is not only very obviously like her famous sister, but also very engaging. Fontaine's performances would grow more individual and adept, with increasingly better material. Although never growing into stars of Fontaine's stature, Beal and Huston are also quite good. It's nice to see the expressive Beal, who presided over the witchcraft trial of Quentin Collins on "Dark Shadows", as a leading man. And, Huston essays a very convincing "drunk" scene.

***** The Man Who Found Himself (1937) Lew Landers ~ John Beal, Joan Fontaine, Philip Huston


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